Last week someone wrote to say that I live in an “imaginary world”.
In many ways I wish I did!
For the real world we live in is all too often insane, or mad.
The world is of course is inanimate, and its the inhabitants who are sane, or crazy.
Not that there’s anything wrong with being off the wall. Some of my favourite personalities lived within touching distance of being committed by the real world, like Kenny Everett, Spike Milligan, or Vivian Stanshall.
Crazy but adorable.
In the real world last Saturday a wave of car bombings targeting people celebrating Eid across Iraq killed 69 people and wounded nearly 300.
In this year’s Ramadan 671 people have been killed.
And more than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq in July, the highest monthly death toll in five years, according to figures produced by the United Nations.
All of it crazy, but wicked.
And less you think catastrophes only happen in poorer countries understand that in this same real word the USA has the highest first-day infant death rate out of all the industrialised countries in the world.
About 11,300 newborns die within 24 hours of birth in the US each year, 50% more first-day deaths than all other industrialized countries combined.
But this is nothing compared with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, currently marking the 68th anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs by the western allies, killing 250,000 civilians.
The real world has also to live with its deviants. In the UK we this week broadcast the chilling story of Donald Neilson, the “black panther”, who raided 3 sub post offices and violently murdered the post master, and followed this (our local sub postmaster was a good friend of my wife) with a chilling murder of heiress Lesley Whittle.